It’s not every day that you get to go to Abbey Road Studios, but that’s exactly what happened for 30 lucky competition winners recently.
Pocket-lint teamed with Philips TV to host an exclusive event at Abbey Road Studios to showcase the new Philips OLED+ 984 TV and experience an evening in the iconic Studio 3.
Philips is the official TV partner of the legendary Abbey Road Studios, famous as the home of iconic artists including The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Oasis, Sam Smith, Frank Ocean and Brockhampton, this unique event is your chance to experience the next generation of Philips TVs, in the home of cinema sound.
The evening kicked off with a talk from Jeremy Huffelmann about the history of Abbey Road Studios. The Studios, now celebrating its 88th year in business, has seen many of the greatest musical artists record their music, and the competition winners clearly enjoyed hearing about the history of the building.
Once they'd been steeped in the heritage of the buildings, the attendees were taken on an exploration of how the best picture and sound quality can combine to transform a film on the small screen into a high impact movie experience like no other.
Add to that the Philips OLED+ Ambilight and the viewers were able to see for themselves how the additional four-sided LED lights helped expand the picture beyond the borders of the TV.
But it’s not just about the picture; Andy Kerr, Director of Product Marketing at Bowers & Wilkins was on hand to detail and let the audience experience the unique, state-of-the-art immersive Bowers & Wilkins sound system on the Philips OLED+984 TV. That was before they got to hear from Gareth Cousins; the sound mixer on Oscar-winning movie Gravity.
Cousins was happy to give us a unique insight into what goes into making the sound for a movie, TV show, or video game, having himself actually recorded 'She' by Elvis Costello in Studio 3.
But that was nothing compared to being able to hear a recording of John Lennon’s Imagine in the same room it was recorded. Some of the audience were bought to tears. One attendee - and eventual winner of the TV set - said "it was a genuine hairs-on-the-back-of-the-neck" moment.
The evening finished with some drinks, a chance to chat more about the TV and the importance of sound and for one lucky attendee the prize of an incredible 55-inch Philips OLED+ 984 TV worth £2,199.